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Same-Sex Desire and Transsexuality (UNIB20016)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeUNIB20016
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject examines same-sex desire and transsexuality as understood by a variety of disciplines, including genetics, history, law, medicine and pedagogy. Through interdisciplinary team teaching, and a range of learning and assessment activities, students will be introduced to the ways in which contemporary debates around sexual identity are the product of diverse understandings and disciplinary approaches. The subject will investigate the relationship between academic disciplines, as well as between academic debates and the broader community.

Intended learning outcomes

At the completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Identify the ways in which same-sex desire, transsexuality and sexual identity more generally have been understood and debated by a variety of disciplines;
  • Explain how and why different disciplines have different understandings of these phenomena;
  • Understand how the study of contemporary debates about sexuality deepens our understanding of broader debates in a complex society;
  • Apply interdisciplinary understandings of sexuality to their professional and public lives.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • A 500 word opinion piece (10%), Due in Week 6
  • A 500 word outline of the collaborative problem-solving case-study video blog (10%), Due in one of Week 3, 5, 7, 9 or 11
  • A 5 minute collaborative problem-solving case-study video blog (worth 1,000-words) (30%), Due within a fortnight of the presentation
  • A 2,000-word essay (50%), Due during the examination period

Hurdle requirement:

  • Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject.
  • All pieces of work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. After five days late assessment will not be marked. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    CoordinatorBirgit Lang
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours30 hours - A 1-hour lecture and a 1.5 hour tutorial per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    A subject reader will be available.

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 21 August 2019